‘Don’t leave my children without mum’: Plea over Skegness hospital merger proposals

Angharad Williams lives two minutes from the hospital because of a life-threatening condition. ANL-170327-105357001
Angharad Williams lives two minutes from the hospital because of a life-threatening condition. ANL-170327-105357001

A mother of two says she fears for her life should the urgent care centre near her home be moved.

Angharad Williams suffers such a life-threatening condition that she and her family have chosen to live two minutes away from the local hospital to ensure she can get the treatment she needs quickly.

Campaigner Geoff Poulter outside Skegness Hospital which he has supported for more than 10 years through Hospital Watch. Photo: MSKP-210117-8 ANL-170123-164131001

Campaigner Geoff Poulter outside Skegness Hospital which he has supported for more than 10 years through Hospital Watch. Photo: MSKP-210117-8 ANL-170123-164131001

She is among a number of residents concerned about an option in the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan to merge the urgent care centres in Skegness and Louth.

“I am really worried for people living in Skegness and Louth,” said Angharad, of Louth. “Both towns need their hospitals, especially with the new housing developments and the number of tourists every year.

“My own condition is Chronic Idiopathic urticaria with angioedema and idiopathic anaphylaxis, which means if I get stung by an insect I go into anaphylaxis shock and need to use my adrenalin pen immediately and get to hospital as soon as possible. If I didn’t I could die. I don’t want to leave my children without a mother.”

Concerned residents have been meeting in Skegness and Louth regarding the proposals.

We need to fight to keep it and if that means a public meeting we should do it

Geoff Poulter, Skegness Hospital Watch

Geoff Poulter, of Skegness Hospital Watch, said: “It’s wrong that they should be talking about losing services in Skegness.

“We fought to save A&E in Skegness five years ago and they gave us urgent care. We need to fight to keep it and if that means a public meeting we should do it.”

Andrew Morgan, chief executive at Lincolnshire Community Health Services, said: “We welcome the fact patients are discussing Lincolnshire’s vitally important Sustainability and Transformation Plan and we look forward to hearing what they have to say when we hope to go out to full public consultation in the summer.

“No options will be put forward for hospital changes unless they are safe.

“There is understandably a lot of interest in what changes may look like for hospital services but the plan is far more extensive than that. We are aiming to join up services in local communities, provide more care closer to people’s homes and increase the range of services provided by GPs and other health professionals within the community.

“This is about making sure patients are seen by the right people in the right place and first time – leading to better outcomes.

“Of course, any changes to our hospital services will be subject to the full public consultation.”

The STP aims to help health services in the county save £130 million.